Information for incoming exchange and international degree students
This far Finland has managed to keep the COVID-19 outbreak under control due to good following of the safety instructions. SAMK trusts that each student is responsible for keeping our cities’ pandemic situation as calm as it currently is. Remember to follow the simple instructions about entering the campuses only when completely healthy, keeping the 2 metres distance to others, wearing a mask, and remembering to wash your hands.
All international students are recommended to arrive in Finland two weeks prior to the start of studies. Students need to be prepared to stay in quarantine for 14 days before entering any SAMK campus. Arriving two weeks earlier also allows students to make within the quarantine regulations all the practical arrangements required for starting their studies.
Students need to be tested 72h before arriving in Finland and 72h after arrival. A test can be booked in the FINENTRY service. Use of the FINENTRY system, making an appointment for a test in the service and the tests themselves are free of charge: https://www.finentry.fi/en/
Students need to have two negative test results (72h before and 72h after arrival) before they are allowed to enter campuses without staying in the quarantine for 14 days.
When a student has received two vaccines and has a negative test result 72h after his/her arrival, the quarantine is not required.
If a student has recovered from COVID-19 and has negative test result 72h after his/her arrival, the quarantine is also not required.
Without testing nor having vaccines students are required to stay in the quarantine for 14 days.
What to do if you suspect covid-19 infection?
If there is a suspect of possible covid-19 infection or a person has symptoms of respiratory infection, contact the following:
Kankaanpää https://www.eposa.fi/palvelut/erityispalvelut/epailetko-koronatartuntaa/ (Information in English coming soon.)
All international students arriving in Finland are strongly recommended to obtain the coronavirus vaccination in the country of departure. Obtaining the vaccination in Finland is not guaranteed for international students. We also recommend to download the contact tracing app Koronavilkku https://koronavilkku.fi/en/
While in quarantine
It is recommended to arrive at Pori/Rauma/Kankaanpää by mid-August so that you have time to be in quarantine for 14 days prior to the beginning of your studies. Please note, that you are not allowed to participate in the mandatory orientation course (in Rauma starting 31 August, in Pori starting 23 August) nor the teaching while in quarantine. Please note that dormitories may require a negative test result before moving in. Also, be prepared to stay in a hotel/hostel for the duration of the quarantine. More information on accommodation is available here: degree students (https://www.samk.fi/en/new-student/practical-information/), exchange students (https://www.samk.fi/en/how-to-apply/).
Groceries and restaurants: please note that you are not allowed to do shopping during your quarantine period. You can order groceries to your apartment for example via K-ruoka (www.k-ruoka.fi) or Foodie (www.foodie.fi) or take-out food via Wolt (www.wolt.com) or Foodora (www.foodora.fi/en). A valid debit card (Visa, Mastercard) is sufficient to make the order.
Travel instructions for each country are updated regularly based on the country’s incidence of coronavirus. You can check them here: https://raja.fi/en/covid19-info
Read also for more information regarding the travel instructions and quarantine on the website of Finnish institute for health and welfare (THL): https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates/travel-and-the-coronavirus-pandemic
In case you need information about COVID-19 or advice on how to use Koronavilkku, you can access
COVID-19 helpline and chat or call +358 295 535 535
The COVID-19 situation in Finland is under control, please, check here for updates:
This information is subject to change.
International Office is following the COVID-19 situation and will update the instruction accordingly.